Fri, 30 Jul 2021

It's the last day of the Group of Seven summit hosted on the southern English coast by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, with the final communique confirming a commitment to provide 1 billion extra doses of Covid-19 vaccines for other countries. It also, as expected, backs US led calls for a fresh probe of the origins of the pandemic.

The statement presses China over human rights and urges Russia to hold to account groups carrying out ransomware attacks from its soil.

After some haggling, the final document falls short of the earlier language on a timetable to shift the balance of car buying away from gasoline to greener vehicles.

G7 presses Russia on ransomware attacks (2:22pm)

Leaders in their communique urged "stable and predictable relations with Russia," even as they called on it to "stop its destabilizing behavior and malign activities, including its interference in other countries' democratic systems."

An earlier draft of the communique included proposals for a new aim to make zero emission vehicles form the majority of new passenger car sales by 2030. But that policy -- including the target date -- was dropped from the final version agreed to on Sunday.

Trudeau's camp pushes him as 'dean' after Merkel exits G7 (1:34 pm)

Communique confirms vaccine promise, calls out China (1:31 pm)

Merkel aims for a quiet G7 fairwell (12:02 pm)

An Elysee official is seeking to clarify an exchange between Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron, after British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab suggested Macron had implied Northern Ireland was not fully part of the UK.

Vaccine pledges grow, but so do questions (11:34 am)

It is unclear how the various commitments break down between fresh announcements, earlier pledges, donations and exports -- those details may be made clear later on Sunday.

The International Monetary Fund said the G7 will provide "a very clear indication" of support for proposals to reallocate $100 billion of IMF reserves to more vulnerable countries to aid their recovery from the pandemic.

South Africa calls on G7 to help with funding shortfall (10:40 am)

Biden attends local church ahead of final summit session (10:12 am)

UK's Raab attacks 'ignorant' EU (9:45 am)

Raab defends leaders bunching together at Saturday dinner (9:21 am)

Raab also defended the government's arrangements for the summit after photos emerged of G7 leaders crowding together on Saturday night for a barbecue on the beach. Johnson on Monday is expected to announce a delay in the lifting of final lockdown measures as virus cases rise again.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he wants to restart talks with Beijing, as geopolitical tensions continue to bleed into a key trade relationship for Australia.

China says 'handful of countries' shouldn't decide global order (7:58 am)

An earlier draft of the communique seen by Bloomberg urges China to respect human rights, while calling it an "international partner, economic competitor and strategic rival." -- Shamim Adam

Overnight, the U.K. confirmed G-7 leaders will back a green rival to China's Belt and Road infrastructure initiative. The program, first reported by Bloomberg earlier this month, will aim to support green transitions and infrastructure projects in developing countries around the world.

Source: News24

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